New York office
Internship Description: Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) seeks an enthusiastic and qualified current law student, LL.M. student, or graduate student in a relevant field to intern in the Health and Human Rights division for the Summer 2016. Supervised by HRW staff, the intern will primarily focus on research and advocacy projects, such as:
- Conducting legal research on a range of issues related to environmental health, climate change and human rights;
- Assisting in drafting advocacy documents such as letters, op-eds, and submissions to the United Nations; and
- Engaging in other research and advocacy efforts as the opportunity arises.
Internships are unpaid. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.
Qualifications: Candidates should be fluent in English, well-organized, self-motivated, strong writers, and good team players. Ideally, applicants should be available to intern from the New York office for a period of at least 10 weeks, for a minimum of 15 hours a week, though a full-time internship is preferred. Interest and/or experience in environmental sciences and public health are desirable. Foreign language skills are highly valued. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required. The intern must be an enrolled student for the duration of the internship term.
Applicants who are offered an internship, but who are not US permanent residents, US citizens, or in possession of a valid student visa, must apply for a J-1 visa through a sponsoring organization. This process can take several weeks and applicants will have to incur their own costs.
How to Apply: Please apply by emailing a letter of interest, resume, two names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample (no calls or email inquiries, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “2016 Summer Health and Human Rights Environmental Health Internship” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further.